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New Partnership Audit Rules – Plan Ahead Before the Tax Bill Arrives

by Carlton Fields on

A new set of rules for partnership audits (New Audit Rules), which generally take effect January 2018, fundamentally alter the manner in which the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will conduct audits of partnerships,...more

Failure To Comply With Plan Technicality Causes US Securities Law Violation

by Dechert LLP on

Section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933 prohibits the sale of a security unless a registration statement is in effect. This prohibition on the sale of unregistered securities does not apply to exempt transactions. One such...more

SEC Provides Regulatory Relief to Entities Affected by Recent Hurricanes

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on September 28, 2017 announced that the SEC and its staff are providing relief to aid regulatory compliance with certain provisions of the federal securities laws by certain...more

Cross border restructurings - INSOL International Channel Islands Seminar

by DLA Piper on

The INSOL International Channel Islands Seminar took place on 13 September 2017 in Guernsey, where tensions rose high as jurisdictions battled it out for the crown of the "go-to" jurisdiction for cross border restructurings....more

Treasury Report, Part II: Regulation of the Capital Markets

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury Department” or “Treasury”) issued its second report (of four reports), titled “A Financial System that Creates Economic Opportunities, Capital Markets” (the “Report”). The...more

European Securities and Markets Authority Issues Final Guidelines for the Transfer of Data Between Trade Repositories

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Securities and Markets Authority has published final Guidelines governing the transfer of data between trade repositories (TRs) registered or recognised by ESMA....more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Fall 2017 Edition: Update: Purchase Price Adjustment Disputes: Drafters Continue to Beware

by Dechert LLP on

In the Spring 2017 edition of Dechert’s Global Private Equity Newsletter, we reviewed the Delaware Court of Chancery’s decision in Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. v. Westinghouse Electric Company LLC and WSW Acquisition...more

SEC Staff Extends Effectiveness of No-Action Relief on Auditor Independence and the “Loan Provision”

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management (SEC Staff) on September 22, 2017 extended indefinitely the effectiveness of no-action relief granted a year earlier with respect to the...more

Bankruptcy Restrictions in Operating Agreement Held Unenforceable

In In Re Lexington Hospitality Group, LLC, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky thwarted a lender’s efforts to control whether its borrower could file bankruptcy. As a condition to the loan,...more

Court Holds That Attorneys Acted As An Escrow Agent And Could Be Sued For Breach Of Fiduciary Duty By A Non-Client

by Winstead PC on

In Alexander O&G, LLC v. Nomad Land & Energy Res., LLC, Nomad entered into a Purchase and Sale Agreement (“PSA”) with Alexander O&G, LLC (“AOG”) for the sale of oil and gas interests. No. H-16-2065, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS...more

CFTC’s Enforcement Division Announces New Focus on Self-Reporting

Upon discovering a potential violation, a company is often faced with the dilemma of whether to self-report the incident to its regulator or attempt to deal with the incident through exclusively internal means. On September...more

The Financial Report, Vol. 6, No. 18

by DLA Piper on

Discussion and Analysis - The SEC’s recent disclosure that its Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval (EDGAR) system was hacked in 2016 has been receiving a lot of attention in the press. After several years of...more

An Update on Foreign Investment Control in Germany

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The German government recently tightened regulations on foreign investments in Germany in order to restrict non-EU/foreign acquisitions of German companies in certain industries. On 18 July 2017 an amendment to the German...more

Introduction of Fair Disclosure Rules in Japan

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

1. Introduction - A bill amending the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act, the main statute codifying securities laws and regulating securities companies in Japan, including new rules requiring fair information...more

International Legislative Update - September/October 2017

by Jones Day on

Germany—Major German insolvency law reforms designed to facilitate corporate group insolvencies will become effective on April 21, 2018. When the reforms come into force, they will supplement and complement the Recast...more

The Root Compliance Problem: “Shadow Process”

by NAVEX Global on

Sometimes I revisit my compliance roots in the world of Sarbanes-Oxley – a place much more concerned with financial reporting than corporate ethics and culture, I know. Yet lessons from one group that can help the other still...more

Nutter Bank Report, September 2017

Federal Banking Agencies Propose Simplifications to Regulatory Capital Rules - The federal banking agencies have proposed amendments to their regulatory capital rules intended to simplify the capital treatment for mortgage...more

New Rules Offer Clarity On China's Outbound M&A Crackdown

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On August 18, 2017, China’s State Council issued guidelines clarifying rules passed a year ago by the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) limiting outbound investments as cover-up to move money out of China....more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2017 #3

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Cybersecurity Returns to Center Stage. The Equifax breach and recent news that the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) EDGAR test filing system was hacked in 2016 have brought cybersecurity back to...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 7

LIBOR: The End Game - Since the announcement on July 27, 2017 by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (the FCA) that the LIBOR rate would be phased out after 2021, much has been written about the complications of switching...more

Hong Kong releases Consultation Report on Measures to Counter Base Erosion and Profit Shifting: key topics

by DLA Piper on

The Hong Kong government, represented by the Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau (FSTB) and the Inland Revenue Department (IRD), has released its Consultation Report on Measures to Counter Base Erosion and Profit...more

SEC Issues Guidance on Pay Ratio Disclosure

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On September 21, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) published interpretive guidance (the “SEC Guidance”) to assist public companies in their preparation of the pay ratio disclosure required by Section...more

Priority of Operator's and Possessory Liens and the Need to Register or Prove Your Lien

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The Alberta Court of Queen's Bench recently reviewed the law regarding priority of operator’s liens and emphasized the heavy evidentiary burden to be satisfied by a creditor asserting a possessory lien in Cansearch Resources...more

Singapore as a Funds Destination

by Morgan Lewis on

Assets under management in Singapore continue to grow. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) reported in its annual industry survey that assets under management (AUM) managed by Singapore-based managers grew 7% to...more

The New Partnership Audit Rules Are Here: Are You Ready? - Construction and Procurement Law News, Q3 2017

The January 1, 2018 effective date of the new federal partnership audit rules is almost here, and we encourage all entities taxed as partnerships to consider addressing the issues posed by these new rules as soon as possible....more

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